‘Stuber’ stumbles

T.A. MORELAND | 7/18/2019, 2:26 p.m.
Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), a mild-mannered sporting goods clerk, moonlights as an Uber driver.
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By T.A. MORELAND

Special to the AmNews

Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), a mild-mannered sporting goods clerk, moonlights as an Uber driver. When a hardened, veteran detective (Dave Bautista) crashes his car in hot pursuit of a sadistic, bloodthirsty terrorist, he calls Stu to pick him up to continue the chase. At the same time, Sara (Karen Gillan) the woman of Stu’s dreams, texts him to come over and spend the night with her.

For the rest of the evening, Stu is torn between aiding the detective and responding to Sara’s pining for him.

“Stuber” is a collection of funny scenes which never truly come together as a successful comedy. And it gets a “Rent It” rating. Patterned after highly successful films such as “The Hangover,” where individuals endure an unbelievable series of events in one night, “Stuber” takes viewers through sometimes humorous and almost always implausible incidents. (Like a cop calling Uber to chase criminals.)

The film includes the standard dubious storytelling devices, like ruthless criminals who kill others without hesitation. But, when they get the chance to blow the heroes away, they engage in lengthy dialogue, giving the good guys time to figure out an escape or an opportunity for rescuers to arrive.

Kumail Nanjiani is superb in the lead role. He’s so credible as the super nice, very principled guy being held “hostage” to this situation. Kudos to Dave Bautista as well, playing the type of cop that isn’t much different from the bad guys he pursues!

“Stuber” also gets an “A” for cast diversity. People of every race play lead and supporting roles.

It’s rated “R” for violence and language, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity. It’s 93 minutes in length. No need to see it right now. Wait and “Rent It.”